Germany election: Merkel wins fourth term, exit polls say

Germany election: Merkel wins fourth term, exit polls say

Media captionMerkel’s conservatives and right-wing nationalists rejoice German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been re-elected for a fourth term while nationalists have made a historic breakthrough in federal elections, exit polls suggest. Her conservative CDU/CSU alliance is set to remain the largest party in the parliament, with 32.5% of the vote. Its outgoing coalition partner, the […]

North Korea: Trump signs new order to widen sanctions

North Korea: Trump signs new order to widen sanctions

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Donald Trump was speaking ahead of a meeting with South Korea’s Moon Jae-in (L) US President Donald Trump has signed a new order that boosts sanctions against North Korea over its nuclear weapons programme. The US treasury has been authorised to target firms and financial institutions conducting business with the […]

Hurricane Maria ‘leaves 15 dead in Dominica’

Hurricane Maria ‘leaves 15 dead in Dominica’

Image copyright AFP Image caption “It has been brutal,” Mr Skerrit says of the destruction in Dominica At least 15 people are dead and 20 others are missing on Dominica after Hurricane Maria, the Caribbean island’s prime minister has said. It was a miracle that the death toll was not in the hundreds, PM Roosevelt […]

Mexico earthquake: Race to save children under collapsed school

Mexico earthquake: Race to save children under collapsed school

Media captionFootage shows children being rescued from the rubble of the collapsed school in Mexico City Rescuers are racing against the clock to reach survivors trapped under the rubble of a school in Mexico City which collapsed during Tuesday’s earthquake. One is a 12-year-old girl who is believed to be sheltering under a table, but […]

L’Oreal heiress Lillian Bettencourt dies at 94

L’Oreal heiress Lillian Bettencourt dies at 94

Image copyright AFP Image caption Ms Bettencourt was the world’s 14th wealthiest person, according to Forbes magazine’s 2017 list Liliane Bettencourt, the heiress to cosmetics firm L’Oreal, has died aged 94, her family has confirmed. A statement said she died at home “peacefully” overnight. With an estimated 2017 net worth of 33bn euros (£30bn; $40bn), […]

Mexico earthquake: Children killed at collapsed primary school

Mexico earthquake: Children killed at collapsed primary school

Media captionMoments after the earthquake hit At least 21 children and five adults died at a primary school which collapsed in Mexico City during Tuesday’s quake, the government says. The shallow, 7.1 magnitude quake killed at least 225 people in total and caused major damage across states in the centre of the country. Desperate searches […]

Hurricane Maria: Whole of Puerto Rico without power

Hurricane Maria: Whole of Puerto Rico without power

Media captionWhere has Hurricane Maria hit? Hurricane Maria has knocked out power to the entire island of Puerto Rico, home to 3.5m people, emergency officials have said. Abner Gómez, head of the disaster management agency, said the hurricane had damaged “everything in its path”. None of the customers of Puerto Rico’s Electric Power Authority had […]

Rohingya ‘extremists’ trying to build stronghold – Myanmar army

Rohingya ‘extremists’ trying to build stronghold – Myanmar army

Media captionHeavy monsoons are adding to the misery in the Rohingya camps in Bangladesh Myanmar’s top general has blamed Rohingya people for the crisis that has led to hundreds of thousands crossing into Bangladesh. Gen Min Aung Hlaing said the Rohingya “has never been an ethnic group”, and accused “extremists” of trying to form a […]

Rohingya crisis: Bangladesh to restrict movement of refugees

Rohingya crisis: Bangladesh to restrict movement of refugees

Image copyright AFP Image caption Bangladeshi security forces are already guarding Rohingya camps near the border Bangladesh has announced wide-ranging restrictions on the movement of more than 400,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled neighbouring Myanmar since August. They must stay in fixed places allocated to them by the government and not travel elsewhere, police say. […]

Hurricane Irma: France, UK and Netherlands step up response

Hurricane Irma: France, UK and Netherlands step up response

Image copyright AFP Image caption President Macron flew by helicopter to the worst-hit French islands European countries are boosting relief efforts in their Caribbean territories devastated by Hurricane Irma, amid criticism over the response. French President Emmanuel Macron, who is visiting French islands that took the full force of the storm, said a huge “airlift” […]

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